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Loudspeakers around my home:

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None (silence is golden!)
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1 or 2
  1675 votes / 16%
  1746 votes / 16%
  2275 votes / 21%
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More than 20
  749 votes / 7%
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Loudspeakers around my home:

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  • Gaah...
  • by V!NCENT (1105021) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @01:07PM (#37833138)

    My neighbours combined should have more than 20 :P


    • My neighbours combined should have more than 20 :P

      I have no idea how many loudspeakers my immediate neighbours have, because they are sufficiently distant from our house. We just hear wind, rain, birdsong, insects, etc. depending on the time of year.

      At home, we have two loudspeakers, which are never actually used. There are also sound outputs from the TV and we have numerous headphones which are used a lot. The cars, of course, have several loudspeakers each, and they are used fairly often - but not while parked at the house.

  • One pair of 10" HPDs, one pair of 15" HPDs (reconed) and one pair of 3808s.

    In my humble opinion they sound better than £4k+ systems I've heard elsewhere...

  • What? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sebastopol (189276) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @01:15PM (#37833232) Homepage

    Do you mean "neighbors with stereos" or "warning systems" like at a prison, town hall, fire department, or school?

    I be confuse-ed.

  • 2 or about 20 depending on where you draw the line. What about phone and laptop speakers? Even headphones have loudspeakers in them.
    • I'm pretty sure it covers the speakers in phones, laptops, and televisions. They all look exactly like loudspeakers to me.

      • I'm pretty sure it doesn't. They are hardly loud.
        • by treeves (963993)

          Your arbitrary criterion of loudness has almost nothing to do with the definition of "loudspeaker".

        • by idontgno (624372)

          Your distinction would require the existence of a class of audio devices called "quietspeakers". That word doesn't exist, the entity they would describe doesn't exist, and therefore "loud" isn't a descriptive qualifier in "loudspeaker", but an absolute component of the word itself.

          Thanks for playing.

    • by msauve (701917)
      Those are loudspeakers, so 2 or 4 for most any modern TV (stereo, often woofer/tweeter). Add the 11 in a cheap home theater system (woofer/tweeter per speaker, plus subwoofer). Now a couple for phones, a radio or 2 and your computer. It would honestly surprise me if most /. readers didn't have at least 20.
    • Does it cover my mother in law?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    My neighbors TV. In the night.
    Then that fucking car alarm, almost every night.
    And this air raid siren going off once a week somewhere, also in the night only. Strangely, no one seems to care.
    Good night.

  • Just sayin'
    If I counted all of the earbuds sitting in my desk drawer, 30, easily!
    If I counted all of the earbuds sitting in my desk drawer that worked, 2, maybe!

  • guitar amp. Others (around 30 of them in every gadget) don't really get counted in 'loud'

    • by BlueStrat (756137)

      only guitar amp. Others (around 30 of them in every gadget) don't really get counted in 'loud'

      I build, sell, service, and repair vacuum-tube guitar amps out of my home and I also play lead guitar, so besides all the guitar-amp speakers, I also have various other loudspeakers (PA cabs, stage monitors, etc etc) sitting around at any particular time.

      It's safe to say that I have FAR, far more than twenty loudspeakers around my home.

      That's without counting ANY of the loudspeakers in normal consumer devices like home audio systems, TVs, computers, etc.


    • by Bigbutt (65939)

      "Loud" is relative. With my amps, headphones (which can be fricking loud), computers, home stereo, cell phones, ipads, and earbuds, I'm shocked anyone has less than 20 loudspeakers.


      • by SkimTony (245337)

        I debated whether to count the PA speakers and the piano amp, but those don't actually get used in the house, so I didn't. I may have to do a recount.

    • it only takes one to find that sound... I have three so apparently I'm still looking. I think I need to replace a tube in my crate stack it plays at half volume for the first couple minutes. As for everything else I am way over 20 if you count phone speakers.
  • Phones (mobile or not), headphones, computers. Even the fucking microwave has a loudspeaker (granted, for loose definitions of 'loudspeaker').
    All answers of less than 10 are suspicious.

    • by vlm (69642)

      Even the fucking microwave has a loudspeaker (granted, for loose definitions of 'loudspeaker').

      Piezoelectric transducer, please. A loudspeaker has a cone and either a moving magnet or more likely a moving coil. At least if you're looking in electronic component catalogs (like mouser and digikey and jdr and jameco, not best buy)

      • by msauve (701917)
        No, there are piezo loudspeakers. They're a pretty common element for horns. I'd define a loudspeaker as something intended for remote listening (to differentiate from earphones), and which has a "broad" frequency response ("broad" to differentiate from the common piezo buzzers/toners). So, the thing that lets you use your phone as a speakerphone is a loudspeaker, as are the speakers in a TV (both woofers and tweeters count). The piezo in one of those greeting cards which plays a tune counts as a loudspe
      • by jazzmans (622827)

        piezo counts, as do electrostatic, magnetic planer, plasma, horns, etc etc.

        all are loudspeakers, or transducers. the question does not specify WHAT type of loudspeaker.

      • by bobstreo (1320787)

        My microwave has a bell. it's also about 26 years old.

  • by Any Web Loco (555458) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @01:56PM (#37833820) Homepage
    I don't get it - do you mean a megaphone? My desktop computer's speakers? A house alarm? My phone? Portable PC?
    • by Whalou (721698)
      A loudspeaker is a speaker that goes to 11.
      • by Pharmboy (216950)

        Speakers don't go to 11 or any other setting. Amplifiers do.

        To get really nitpicky, really it is the pre-amp that goes to 11, via a potentiometer limiting the amount of signal (ie: gain, or voltage) that enters the amplifier section after the pre-amp has processed and optionally, modified the sound. Amplifiers tend to just make whatever you put into them louder, so the larger the signal in, the larger the "loud" out. How much voltage it takes to get the rated output is called the sensitivi

  • I have an active swimming pool next to my complex and they are blasting their loudspeaker(s) all the time. I'm so glad I don't live on that side of the complex. They are blasting as early as 6AM and as late as 10PM. They have various events in addition to the normal swimming hours, such as movie night and competitions. I don't know how some of the residents on that side of the complex put up with it.

    • by vlm (69642)

      I don't know how some of the residents on that side of the complex put up with it.

      Women in bikinis walking by 16 hours per day? I would not even notice the loudspeakers.

  • I'll take a shot:

    Loudspeaker: a device whose primary purpose is to produce sound to be heard across room-sized distances or greater.

    Sure, it's subjective. But according to this, the speakers in your laptop don't count, while the ones attached to your desktop do, probably.
    Then there are gray areas: a radio with a speaker counts, but a clock radio may or may not (which do you use it for primarily?).

    • by AK Marc (707885)
      Every phone in my house has a speakerphone built into it, including mobile phones. Not sure if they are "across room" or not for your definition.
    • The most interesting aspect of your phrasing is the word "device". For a cell phone, the "device" is the phone, and the speaker is just a component.

      I tend to agree with that definition. I'm not even going to count my 5.1 stereo system as a loudspeaker, because it was sold as a single unit, and even though the speakers can be disconnected and used with a different stereo system with the same resistance, it wasn't sold for that purpose. In older sound systems, you would frequently buy the loudspeakers sepa

  • If I have two hooked up to my stereo, is that one or two? If I have 5.1 hooked up to my DVD player, is that six? Does each phone count? I think most people are going to have a lot, and probably a bunch more than they think.
  • You need to define what you mean by loudspeaker in the context. In the strictest sense, it could be any box with the sole purpose of reproducing sound. You could also interpret it as being any device with the purpose of producing sound given electrical input, in which case my laptop has two, my washing machine has one and every pair of headphones has two (more if it's one of those fancy 'surround' headphones).

    • by osu-neko (2604)
      FWIW, I answered with the idea in mind that a "loudspeaker" can be heard effectively while not placed next to your ear, so, the speakerphone counts, but the one you have to place up to your ear does not. I suspect this satisfies most people's idea of what constitutes a "loudspeaker".
    • by rcpitt (711863)
      Having owned a stereo store back at the cusp between tubes and transistors, I immediately classed "loudspeakers" as something you purchased separately, at a premium, and attached to the sound source as one of the options in crafting a custom stereo system. At that time, if they didn't cost at least $100 each, they were not worthy of being in the store, and you were urged to go to Radio Shack or Sears. Those with built-in amplifiers may qualify but I didn't count the two speakers on my desk hooked to my com
  • Beats a few thousands dollars' worth full pioneer rack+amp+columns set.

    the most crystal clear sound i heard in my life. and its just a pc speaker !!

    too bad they dont produce it anymore.
    • Yeah, I've found the $ per quality ratio of computer audio equipment blows away the ratio found in "regular" audio equipment, especially in the sub-$150 range. Unfortunately, the downside is the lack of having a surround decoder with just computer speakers.

      • by Joce640k (829181)

        I just blew cola out my nose. You're joking, surely.

        Try a pair of $200(ish) 'near field monitors' and you'll never go near a PC speaker again.

        (Mine are Ego Systems Near05 [] FWIW. It seems like name dropping is the name of the game in this thread so what the hell...)

    • by Joce640k (829181)

      The most impressive speaker I own is a Creative Travelsound.

      (impressive in the sense that you look at it and go "No way is that much sound coming out of that crappy little plastic box!")

      As for 'PC speakers', I haven't tried yours but I've tried enough to know that 100% of PC speaker reviewers and most members of the public are cloth-eared dolts.

      I've tried loads of them that score massively in reviews, 'Editors choice', etc., and ended up taking them back or selling them on eBay as completely unlistenable.

  • I saw this and could only think of a PA system or an Intercom, neither of which is common gear for many households.
    • by roothog (635998)

      Modern apartment and condo buildings often have a PA system with speakers in each unit, usually as part of the fire alarm system.

  • Tesla coils [] ?!?
  • What is a loudspeaker vs just a speaker? It's louder than normal? Is this a British English thing? I see "loudspeaker" and think of one of those handheld blowhorn type of things. I have fairly large speakers for my TV/stereo system, then 2.1 computer speakers and that's about it.

    • by vlm (69642)

      The original Edison cylinder players and crystal radio sets had non-amplified horns.
      (An edison cylinder is like a pipe shaped record... err a record is like a physical contact cd ... err a cd is like a rotating flash memory from an ipod ... Oh F it, we'll just call it an "ancient mechanical ipod" and be done with it)
      The first amplified players / radios were called "loud" speakers for obvious reason, they were pretty "loud", for that era anyway.

  • ...the ones the BATF has outside the compound blaring annoying pop music 24/7? Because I can only see 4 of them, unless there are more right next to the floodlights shining at my bedroom window - there's a lot of glare.

    Otherwise, 8: one 5.1 system and a shelf stereo. The rest (laptop, alarm, etc.) I wouldn't really call "loud."

  • 5 klipsch Synergies from '02-'04 in the screening room: 3 SF-2 across the front, under the screen, 2 SB-2 at the back of the room. Oh, and it barely counts, but an 8' Acoustic Research (ugh) "sub". It makes noises. It's not musical. It's just there for the kaboom. One day I'll get a proper sub. I have enough bass from the 3 front channels to deal with most music.

    2 Klipsch Forte's from '87 in the music room. The Fortes are sublime. The fella in the prior comment with the K-horns must be in heaven.

  • I think this poll needs to be tossed in favor of one with a little more clarity. Depending on who you ask in the same household, the answer will vary between none and twenty, because as many folks have pointed out the number is entirely dependent on what you're considering a loudspeaker. There's one EBS speaker near my house, that's the first thing I thought of when I read the poll, then I realized it doesn't specify and the number shot over twenty just in my bedroom, between two computers, TV, surround sou
  • I live one block away from a football stadium. No sleep on Saturday nights.
  • Pair of Tannoy PBM 6.5, ADP's, Klipsch KG4's, Polks, KLHs, M-Audio's, Yamaha NS4's, Mackie SRM 450's, Boston Acoustic HD2's, Boston Acoustic sub, B&W center, Bose surround set, Bose sub, 2 Petawatt12 4x12 cabs, PW12 2x12, PW12 1x15, 2 Avatar cabs 2x10, 2 Ampeg 2x10's, SWR 15", Ampeg 15", Crate 40w combo, 2 Roommates high end speakers, Fender Super Reverb, plus I'm sure some that are in a closet somewhere.
    • any Energy? Reasonable price, great mid and high range, have to get their larger ones for good lows.
    • by treeves (963993)

      ...with Monster cables on all of them? my goodness.

      • by midifarm (666278)
        With musical instruments I use nothing but Evidence Audio cables and Neutrik ends. I do have some thick wires for the home audio and studio monitors, but I think it might be Mogami.
  • and i have more dog neighbors than human...or so it seems based on ambient noise outside (11-20)
  • Technically, I have speakers for a number of computers and my old LP, but I don't use any of them anymore.

    The built in speakers for the HDTV set are good enough, and I don't miss all the noisy games. Rather use the earbuds for my iPad, actually.

  • Does a pair of speakers count as 1 or 2? What about a surround set?

  • Being 2 weeks away from elections, when I saw "loudspeaker" I thought of those cars/vans that drive around touting the positives of a specific candidate.

    I chose "none". I've never seen or heard one near my house. I don't even know if they truely exist, only have seen them on tv and in movies.
  • I have a pair of Beovox 1700's [], 40 years old and still going strong.
  • 6-10 counting the ones actually in use, over 20 with the antique radio and tv collection.

  • Does the author of the poll mean a public address system or any electronic speaker or a human that speaks loudly? Slashdot polls continue to decline in overall quality. I'd rank this poll a -1 for lack of clarity.
  • One 7.1 surround system = 8 speakers
    plus one 5.1 surround system = 6 speakers

    = 14 speakers, which puts me in the highest numbered category...
    If I included all the speakers tied to computers, I'd be well into the 20's.
  • This must be a reading comprehension/semantics test.

    To me, around the home is outside the home. In the woods where I reside, no loudspeakers. If I count my brother-in-law across the ponds, yes there is a loud speaker. Inside the home I keep the volume at a decent level, so my stereo speakers could be loud, but are not.

    • by cms108 (96258)


      the voting on this poll seems to have been quite badly affected by the fact that most respondents don't seem to know the meaning of the words "loudspeaker" and "around"...

      • by osu-neko (2604)


        the voting on this poll seems to have been quite badly affected by the fact that most respondents don't seem to know the meaning of the words "loudspeaker" and "around"...

        Many /. discussions demonstrate that a lot of people around here suffer from the delusion that words in English usually have only one correct meaning.

    • Five standalone speakers.
    • About fifteen more in various devices (mostly computers, but a couple of radios and such as well) that aren't designed to go right next to (or in) the ear.
    • Fifteen or twenty more counting headphones, earphones, telephone handsets and headsets, etc.
    • And a couple of old computer speakers now doing duty as refrigerator magnets.
  • by PPH (736903)

    COULD YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION?! Just a sec while I turn this thing down.

  • We're all loud speakers. One might even say we're shouters.

  • I live in a big place with 28 built-in ceiling speakers and 4 outdoor speakers.
    My home theater has 5 additional speakers, all bi-amped + 2 subwoofers.
    Bar has 2 .
    Master bedroom has 3 .
    Guest bedroom #1 has 2 .
    Guest bedroom #2 has 2 .
    Guest bedroom #3 has 5 .
    Home office has 2 .
    I think I still have a few left in my garage.

  • by AxemRed (755470) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @09:10PM (#37839658)
    • Counting them might be difficult:
      - 2+2 on my HiFi
      - 2 on my second PC
      - 2 on my laptop, 2 on my old laptop
      - 2 on my smartphone, and 5 more on the other 5 phones
      - 4 stored in the cupboard, a dozen more taken apart
      - 5 city alarms on the buildings around my home
      - 4-8 on the HiFis of loud neighbours
      - what about headphones - some are loud enough to be used as loudspeakers

      Which of those count, damn it? And is a stereo considered "one" or "two"?

    • I took it to mean speaker cabinet. I thus counted each sub-woofer as 1 or in the case of my 5.1 speaker system I counted as 6. I did not count speakers that are integrated into a device (Television, Guitar amp, clock radio, etc.). I did take into account the 2 external guitar speaker cabinets. I also looked at my 2.1 computer system as 3. Just from that I ended up over 20. But I come from a family of musicians.
    • by teslar (706653)

      I knew. Is this one of those American vs British English issues?

      Also aware of this, at a minimum, is everyone who speaks French (haut-parleur) or German (Lautsprecher).

    • Um, lots of people? ;)

    • I did.
  • I've got a couple of stereo speakers, powered PA systems and small guitar amps. They can get kind of loud.

    I also have a bass amp I can't turn on when the wife is home- she says it makes her physically sick. I end up having to put stuff back on shelves if I turn it up. I think that one might class as my only "loud" speaker.

  • I thought you meant kids.
  • But don't tell my wife I called her that.
  • oh, sry, I thought it was loud speaker

  • ... only when the FBI comes to try to make me do something. (or, to STOP doing something...) Then they surround my house with loudspeakers... :)

  • but most of all I like LOUD speakers

  • I have 6. Four bookshelf speakers, a center channel speaker, and a sub-woofer.

    If you're including speakers attached to my PC's, the number goes up to 12. Which is one better than 11.

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